FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Amazingly another year is about to close – how quickly time is passing!

From an owners’ perspective, the increase in prizemoney across the board was a great result and will hopefully increase numbers in the ownership ranks.  The Championship series, and in particular the Country and Provincial Championships, are a wonderful incentive for owners.

This year saw the inaugural running of the NSW Racehorse Owners Trophy Race as the last Metropolitan race of the season.  An initiative of the Association, this race provides the opportunity to say thank you to all for the season that just was.

On the social front, the Association held our annual Apollo Stakes and All Aged Stakes functions at Randwick as well as a night racing function at Canterbury.  As those who attended will tell you, a great time was had by all.

Our flagship event, Racing’s Night of Champions was, yet again, another great success this year with our 2016 charity of choice, the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, receiving much needed funds for their very worthwhile work.

There has been a “changing of the guard” within a number of the racing participant ranks during 2016 as well as your Association.  Some of those bidding farewell this year have been Mr Michael Crismale (Chairman, ATC) who handed the reins to Mr Laurie Macri, Mr Ray Murrihy (Chairman of Stewards, Racing NSW) who has been succeeded by Mr Marc van Gestel and Mr John Messara, AM (Chairman, Racing NSW) who is retiring on 31 December 2016, with Mr Russell Balding, AO taking over the Chairmanship from January 2017.

This year the Association sadly said farewell to Messrs Phil Morley (who has joined former NSWROA Directors Laurie Macri and Julia Ritchie on the ATC Board), Peter Beer (who has taken a senior position at Racing NSW), Francis Cook, Wayne Haylen, Glenn Fraser and Mrs Kerry Carpenter as well as welcoming to the Committee with much pleasure Mrs Judy Foley and Mr Antony Surace. 

I would also like to take the opportunity, in this the last newsletter of the year, to publicly thank my colleagues on the NSWROA Committee (as well as those who have left throughout the year) for their hard work throughout 2016.

My very special thanks to former Vice President & Treasurer, Peter Beer for his assistance during the year and to the Secretary of the Association Michael Inglis and our Executive Officer, Sharon Hunt who are an enormous support to me.

In closing my thanks to you, our members, for your support again this year.

The compliments of the season.

 

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A QUICK WORD WITH ANTONY SURACE

The “A Quick Word with ….” column was introduced last year in an endeavour to introduce the readership to the Committee, Life Members and other members of the Association.

In mid November, the Association was delighted to welcome Antony Surace as a member of the NSWROA Committee. 

In this month’s issue of the column we shine the spotlight onto our newest Committee Member.

 

1. Firstly, congratulations Antony on your appointment to the NSWROA Committee.
A.

Thank you, it is real honour to join the Committee and I really look forward to working for the betterment of fellow owners.

   
2. Antony, what was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
A.

Attending the races with Dad in my early teens.  From the for the very first moment we stood opposite the winning post at Randwick and watched Red Anchor win the Apollo Stakes, I was hooked for life.

   
3. Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A.

I was such a passionate devotee of the sport, it was only ever going to be a matter of time. The first opportunity arose when a work mate bought a couple of horses at the sales in the early 2000’s and asked me if I was interested in taking a share in one of them.  I didn’t take too much to convincing.

   
4. How many horses do you currently race?
A.

Just the one at the moment. I have a share in a four-year-old mare trained by Kerry Parker at Kembla Grange. I am hoping to build on that next year.

   
5. Which has been the “best” horse you have owned?
A.

Without a doubt, Brilliant Light.  We had a few false starts with him early on, but then had an amazing run, going from a Class 1 Handicap at Kembla to a third placing in the Doncaster in the space of 8 starts, picking up a Group 2 and a Listed Race along the way.

   
6. Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
A.

I started to follow racing just at the end of Kingston Town’s reign, and although I never got to see him run in the flesh, he would have to be my all-time favourite.  Of those that I’ve witnessed live, it is hard to go past seeing Black Caviar and Winx demolish their rivals.

   
7. What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
A.

Winning the 2010 Ajax Handicap with Brilliant Light. Coincidentally, the club photographer had his camera pointed at our group as they crossed the line, and snapped us in a moment of pure euphoria.  It was a magic feeling, and to have it recorded like that was amazing.

   
8. What is your “vision” for the industry?
A.

For horse racing to be universally recognized for the magnificent sport that it is. I look forward to the day that the broader public see racing in all of the glory that we do:  the nobility and grace of the horses, the passion, skill and devotion of its human participants and the myriad of interesting characters that are such a part of the industry we love.

 

NIGHT RACING FUNCTION – 25 NOVEMBER 2016

As members are aware, the Association conducted a Night Racing Cocktail Function, which was attended by members, friends and supporters of the Association on Friday, 25 November.

The night was primarily an “informal function” but NSWROA President, Ray McDowell did address guests highlighting the achievements of the Association throughout the year as well as thanking supporters and sponsors of the 2016 NSWROA Racings Night of Champions.

Our thanks to the Australian Turf Club for allowing the Association to utilise their Directors Room for our cocktail function.  The room which overlooks the Winning Post, provided our guests with a fantastic view of the action on the track whilst they enjoyed the superb food and beverages on offer.

Racing under lights is always a very exciting affair and the more so of course for those lucky enough to have runners or even better still, having winners.

Race Three on the program was the NSW Racehorse Owners Association Plate which was taken out by Invincible Gem who saluted from Artermis Rose with Amazing Story in third place.
 
The cocktail function was the last event of the year for NSWROA.  We look forward to welcoming members to the various functions throughout 2017, the first of which will be conducted at Royal Randwick in February.

Hereunder are some “happy snaps” from the night.

 

OWNERS AND TRAINERS AGREEMENT

As indicated in our last Newsletter, we had hoped to provide you with an overview of the implications for our members of the Owners and Trainers Agreement this month.  However, we are awaiting information from Racing NSW as to the proposed structure and membership of the Disputes Resolution Tribunal as this is an integral part of the proposed new arrangements.

Hopefully we will be in a position to provide you with a useful overview in the next Newsletter.

In the meantime the Racing Industry Consultation Group (RICG) is also pursuing this important issue.

 

COUNTRY RACING UPDATE

The Showcase Meetings continue to flourish with not only increased returns to country owners, but sharp rises in turnover which can only benefit country racing generally.  Maidens restricted to country trained horses continue to be well received and supported.

The Championships heats commence in February and the number of horses contesting the Highway Handicaps suggest that the heats will be hotly contested.

Building on that success, it is hoped that in the future Racing NSW can be persuaded to consider the introduction of additional races restricted to country trained horses.

It is worthwhile also pointing out that country trainers and owners will also be required to comply with the requirements of the new Owners and Trainers Agreement also discussed in this newsletter.  Inevitably the relationship with your trainer will be more formal than it has been in the past.  If you have any difficulties with the new procedure please do not hesitate to contact your Association.

 

2016 GODOLPHIN STUD AND STABLE STAFF AWARD WINNERS

 

The awards presentation for the 2016 Australian Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards was held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on 2 December 2016.  The most deserved winners were:

Thoroughbred Excellence Award
Winner: Jenny Watson, Foaling Supervisor, Armidale Stud (TAS)

Leadership Award
Winner: Ian Brady, Stud Manager, Wattle Brae Stud (QLD)

Horsemanship Award
Winner: Gerry Ryan, Stallion Manager, Coolmore Stud (NSW)

Dedication to Breeding Award
Winner: Jenny Watson, Foaling Supervisor, Armidale Stud (TAS)

Dedication to Racing Award
Winner: Hayley Nichols, Stable Foreman, Schweida Racing (QLD)

Administration Award
Winner: Melanie Caban, Office Manager, Vinery Stud (NSW)

Thoroughbred Care & Welfare Award
Winner: Nikki Cook, Owner, Shory Park Horses (VIC)

Congratulations to all the award winners.

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards are staged in association with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Racing Australia (RA).  The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of those who occupy what are often behind-the-scenes roles that are nevertheless vital to the industry.

 

2017 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

With the 2016 NSWROA membership year almost at a close, it is now membership renewal time again.

Membership Renewal documentation is currently being processed and will be sent to you by either email or post next week.

The “Early Bird” Membership Renewal Competition will be conducted again in 2017 with three great prizes on offer. Entry to the competition is automatic if you renew your membership by Friday 3 February 2017.

The Association appreciates our member's previous support and welcomes the renewal of your membership.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE – FEBRUARY RACEDAY FUNCTION

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Members are advised that the Association will be holding a raceday function on 11 February 2017 at Royal Randwick, which is Day 2 of The Star Chinese Festival of Racing with the Apollo Stakes the highlight on the card.

Arrangements are currently being finalised, with full details for the function appearing in the January issue of the Newsletter.

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Hereunder for the interest of members are some recent industry items:

Racing NSW Website Now Available in Chinese
Racing NSW, in a first for Australian racing, has enhanced its website www.racingnsw.com.au to be multilingual.  This new development includes the option to now translate all content including race form to Chinese.  In addition to Chinese, Racing NSW is currently implementing additional language translations on the site to ensure that all persons of all languages can access racing information and news.  Additional languages that are currently being quality control tested and implemented include Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and French.

Racing NSW established paid parental leave scheme
Racing NSW has created its own paid parental leave scheme to support female jockeys through their pregnancy.  Jockeys do not qualify for the Australian Government’s Paid Parental Scheme that requires recipients to have worked at least 10 of the last 13 months before giving birth.  Under the Rules of Racing (AR81G) jockeys cannot ride following the end of the first trimester ie three months.

ATC Members elect Two Directors to Board at Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Turf Club (ATC) on 24 November 2016, members elected two Directors to join the ATC’s Board.  Current Director, Bill Evans was re-elected for a new four-year term, which formally begins on 1 February 2017.  Ms Angela Belle McSweeney was also elected to the Board and will fill the position vacated by former ATC Chairman Michael Crismale for a four year term which also begins on 1 February 2017.

 

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE


Update by Julieanne Horsman, Media & Communications Executive, Racing NSW

 

MURWILLUMBAH’S MATTHEW DUNN HAS BECOME THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TAB HIGHWAY TRAINER AFTER WINNING HIS SIXTH RACE WITH ISLA TRISTANA

Isla Tristana (Tim Clark) notched up her second victory a row, winning a thrilling duel with Absolute Ripper in the final stages of the TAB Highway Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.  The three-year-old filly by Sebring from Facing The Breeze came out on top in a photo finish, after surging home with 100m to go. The win earned Isla Tristana’s connections $33,000 in prizemoney plus a $10,000 BOBS Bonus, adding to the $5,000 BOBS Bonus she received last start.  It was the sixth TAB Highway win for Matthew Dunn, making him the most successful trainer for that race.

In the Schweppes Plate (1100m), John O’Shea-trained colt Trekking made an eye-catching debut with a one-and-a-half length win.  It was also the first Australian win for Godolphin’s British jockey James Doyle who arrived Down Under in late November to replace James McDonald.  Trekking will enjoy a short spell before resuming in autumn.


Trekking (James Doyle) wins on debut
in the Schweppes Plate (1100m) earning a BOBS Bonus of $20,000
(Photo courtesy – Steve Hart)

 

Zumbelina is currently leading the BOBS Premiership with three claims for a total of $50,000.  My Giuliano and New Tipperary are close behind with $40,000 in BOBS Bonus earnings each.

 

BOBS BONUS LEADER BOARD

Horse Sire Bonus Money Bonuses
ZUMBELINA Stratum $50,000 3
MY GIULIANO Choisir $40,000 3
NEW TIPPERARY High Chaparral (Ire) $40,000 2
BEZEL Street Cry (Ire) $30,000 3
ECKSTEIN I Am Invincible $30,000 2
INVINCIBELLA I Am Invincible $30,000 2
NICCOLANCE Nicconi $30,000 2
SPRIGHT Hinchinbrook $30,000 2
INFRA DIG Exceed And Excel $25,000 2
MISS BALLANTINE Redoute's Choice $25,000 3
SERENA BAY Sebring $25,000 2
CAERLESS CHOICE Redoute's Choice $20,000 3
CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Not a Single Doubt $20,000 1
EVACUATION More Than Ready (USA) $20,000 1

 

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS

A WINNER – there are no better words for an owner to hear!  As members are aware, as part of our membership renewal process, NSWROA requested members to forward the names of their racehorses in order for us to acknowledge their racing triumphs in our publications.

The listing under comprises wins recorded in New South Wales as well as Australian black type successes which are recorded in bold type.

Accordingly, hereunder are the lucky NSWROA members who had winners in November 2016:


Owner

Meeting

Horse

D & Mrs K Ackery

Rosehill (2)

Multifacets (NZ)

 

 

Soviet Courage (IRE)

J N Allen

Flemington

Redzel

 

Wyong

Arbeitsam

G Altomonte

Flemington

Fabrizio

 

Kembla

Eminence

 

Warwick Farm

Jessamin

J Camilleri

Kembla

Bella Vino

F & Mrs C Cook

Flemington

Lasqueti Spirit

 

Kembla

Zourkhan (IRE)

 

Rosehill (2)

Multifacets (NZ)

 

 

Soviet Courage (IRE)

J & Mrs P Cornish

Canberra

Viceman

N Couper

Canberra

Viceman

P J Duggan

Canterbury

Firsthand

Godolphin

Canterbury (4)

Infra Dig

 

 

Grunderzeit

 

 

Kinshachi

 

 

Reincarnate

 

Flemington

Souchez

 

Gosford

Baneulo

 

Goulburn

Circular

 

Hawkesbury (2)

Circular

 

 

Pleased

 

Kembla (3)

Demerara

 

 

Khaki

 

 

Nonpareil

 

Newcastle (4)

Achi Baba

 

 

Emptor

 

 

Relaxed

 

 

Witches

 

Rosehill (2)

Moher

 

 

Veranillo

 

Sandown

Morton's Fork

 

Warwick Farm (2)

Flow

 

 

Jemadar

G Harvey

Canterbury

Improvement (NZ)

 

Gundagai

The Nickster

 

Queanbeyan

Uncle Gerry

M Hohos

Quirindi

Single and Free

Ms L Ingham

Canterbury

Betcha Thinking

A Johnson

Grafton

Mexican Mountain

K Keady

Warren

Top Magic

Mrs D Kepitis

Canterbury

Betcha Thinking

Mrs D & P Kepitis

Canterbury

Chaussure (NZ)

G & Mrs D Kolivos

Canterbury

Gibraltar Girl

 

Randwick

Plot Twist (IRE)

K & Mrs R Leonard

Newcastle

Highleigh

J & Mrs A McDonnell

Gosford

Baroque Girl

B McGilvray

Warren

Venus Amoris

D & Mrs M McLeish

Kembla

Bannatyne

R Milne

Wagga

Man of Peace

N Moraitis, AM

Canberra

Smart As

 

Warwick Farm

Realise Potential

W & Mrs R Mula

Canterbury

Mr Manhattan

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Bong Bong

Alfred The Great

 

Newcastle

Mega Mall

 

Rosehill

Lunar Rise

P Nottage

Goulburn (2)

Giant's Daughter (2)

D & Mrs M Payne

Goulburn

Rocky Marriage

R A Pegum

Wagga

Corsica Lad

K Pryke

Kembla

Zourkhan (IRE)

 

Rosehill

Soviet Courage (IRE)

D Ramage

Bong Bong

Alfred The Great

 

Newcastle

Mega Mall

 

Rosehill

Lunar Rise

Ramsey Pastoral Company

Grafton

Cosgrove

 

Muswellbrook

War Hero

 

Wagga

Rhythmic Moss

Miss J Ritchie

Randwick

Kaepernick

Mrs M Smith

Canberra

Precocious

 

Canterbury

Bogie

 

Scone

My Maher

J L Thompson

Hawkesbury

Phuket

N & Mrs A Vass

Hawkesbury

My True Love

Vinery Stud

Kembla

Cosmic Engine

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace

Muswellbrook

Petrossian

J Webb

Port Macquarie

Fast Arli

M Whitby

Kembla

Austin (NZ)

 

Rosehill

Snoopy

G & Mrs V Williams

Canterbury

Red Excitement

B Wood

Warwick Farm

Cosmic Cameo


Another feature in the Newsletter is the NSWROA Member's Black Type Honour Roll which acknowledges the success of members in the black type arena.

The Honour Roll for the 2016-2017 season is as follows:


NSWROA Members
2016/2017 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 30 November 2016


Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1 ATC The Golden Rose Astern Godolphin
G1 ATC George Main Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 ATC Epsom Handicap Hauraki Godolphin
G1 VRC Turnbull Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G1 MRC Caulfield Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes Rebel Dane Laurel Oak Bloodstock, L & Mrs J Mihalyka, J Murphy, P Kite, A Fitzgerald, S Grant
G1 MVRC W S Cox Plate Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes Flying Artie W & Mrs R Mula
G1 VRC Crown Oaks Lasqueti Spirit F & Mrs C Cook
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G2 ATC Run To The Rose Astern Godolphin
G2 ATC Furious Stakes Foxplay Mrs C Cook, Mrs M McLeish
G2 ATC Chelmsford Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G2 ATC Tramway Stakes Hauraki Godolphin
G2 ATC Tea Rose Stakes Foxplay Mrs C Cook, Mrs M McLeish
G2 ATC Hill Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes Impending Godolphin
G2 MRC Sandown Guineas Morton's Fork Godolphin
G3 ATC Toy Show Quality Pearls Godolphin
G3 MRC The Heath 1000 Stakes Redzel J N Allen
G3 ATC Concorde Stakes Felines G Harvey
G3 ATC Kingston Town Stakes McCreery (GB) F & Mrs C Cook
G3 ATC Sheraco Stakes Heavens Above R Kemister
G3 NJC Cameron Handicap Chetwood Godolphin
G3 ATC Colin Stephens Quality Allergic Godolphin
G3 ATC Craven Plate It's Somewhat (USA) Godolphin
G3 MRC Blue Sapphire Stakes Flyng Artie W & Mrs R Mula
G3 MRC Ladies Day Vase Euro Angel (NZ) P J Duggan
G3 MRC Moonga Stakes Voodoo Lad K Maloney
G3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes Archives Godolphin
LR MRC Regal Roller Stakes Voodoo Lad K Maloney
LR HRC Rowley Mile McCreery (GB) F & Mrs C Cook
LR WRC Mona Lisa Stakes Fitou Godolphin
LR MVRC Chandler Macleod Stakes Voodoo Lad K Maloney
LR VRC Cap D'Antibes Stakes Kentucky Miss W & Mrs R Mula
LR ATC Gimcrack Stakes Jorda Godolphin
LR VRC UCI Stakes Wine Bush Ms L Ingham, Mrs D Kepitis
LR MRC Weekend Hussler Stakes Chetwood Godolphin
LR MRC Gothic Stakes Peacock Godolphin
LR ATC City Tattersalls Club Cup Junoob (GB) R Pegum
LR VRC Melbourne Cup Day Plate Fabrizio G Altomonte
LR VRC Mumm Stakes Redzel J N Allen
LR VRC Hilton Stakes Souchez Godolphin

What great results! Congratulations to all! Don't forget to forward the names of your racehorses to the NSWROA office.

 

SHOWCASE MEETING – WAGGA WAGGA – FRIDAY, 23 DECEMBER 2016

Wagga Wagga is the venue for the next Showcase Meeting, a twilight meeting, to be held on Friday, 23 December 2016.

The exciting eight event card has a BOBS Bonus available on all races.

The feature race of the day is the Ted Ryder Cup, an open handicap to be conducted over 1600 metres with some $40,000 in prizemoney on offer.

For further details regarding this meeting visit the Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s website at www.mtcwagga.com.au.

 

NSWROA OFFICE CLOSURE

Members are advised that the NSWROA office will be closed for the holiday period from Friday, 23 December 2016 to Friday, 13 January 2017, both dates inclusive.

 

SEASONS GREETINGS

In closing, may I take this opportunity on behalf of the NSWROA Committee, to wish members and their families all the very best for the festive season.

 

Yours in Racing
Ray McDowell
President

15 December 2016

 

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